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School grant applications being accepted

BISMARCK -- Public school districts in oil- and gas-producing counties can now apply for infrastructure grants through July 16.

The Energy Impact Office of the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands announced Tuesday it will take grant applications from schools with projects needing one-time funding to address direct impacts from oil and gas development.

Examples of projects include: developing affordable teacher housing, temporary portable classrooms to aid in dealing with expanding enrollment, technology needs, security improvements and other similar projects.

A priority will be given to projects that will be implemented before the 2013-14 school year and to projects that address safety and security needs. A 20 percent local match of the total project cost is required.

Completed applications and supporting materials can be mailed to the Land Department or emailed to

Grant applications will be reviewed by the Energy Impact Office and an advisory committee. The Land Board will determine the successful applicants as soon as possible.